Thursday, 23 February 2017

[SPORT NEWS]Arsenal players share fans' frustrations over failed title bid, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Togetherness on the field and in the stands will stand Arsenal in good stead during the Premier League run-in, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

A 2-0 win over Sutton United on Monday secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, setting up a date with another non-league side in the form of Lincoln City.

Arsene Wenger's future at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the season continues to be a source of speculation, heightened by the 5-1 humbling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, insists togetherness on the field and in the stands will help drive the team on towards a positive end to the campaign as the players share fans' frustrations.
"We want to be able to respond for the fans," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player. "They want to win as much as we do. We're all in this together and we all want the same thing, so we've all got to stand up and be counted.

"People have been doubting us and it's important that we pick ourselves up to try to turn the tide into a more positive one.

He added: "Our fans are great home and away. They're very loud so we hear them when they're happy and when they're frustrated, but that's part and parcel of being at a massive club like Arsenal," he added.
"They want us to win the league, so when we're losing games and it seems like it's slipping out of our hands, it's going to be frustrating. That's understandable because we're a massive club and we've got a great team that is more than capable of competing for the title.

"They want to see us doing that just as much as we want to be doing it. We understand their frustration but we share the same frustrations as them.

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